Benita Zahn

Benita Zahn


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Benita Zahn, DPS, co-anchors NewsChannel 13 Live at 4 with Jerry Gretzinger and Live at 6 with mark Mulholland. She is also the health reporter, covering issues including wellness, treatment breakthroughs, aging, nutrition and the latest health care trends.  She also produces and hosts Health Beat, a digital health interview program that posts every Monday and Thursday on You can read her weekly column for the 'Live Smart' page in the Times Union.

Benita is a 2019 New York Emmy Award winner. Other awards include the 2015 Resourceful Woman Award (Troy YWCA), 2014 Arthur Kapner Spirit of the Chamber Award (Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber), named one of the 100 Women of the Century (Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber), nine-time Emmy nominee, NYS Broadcasters award recipient, Gold Medal and Bronze Medal - New York Festival's International Television, Distinguished Communicator Award/ American Women in Radio and Television, Women Against MS honoree, the NYS Health Education Week Award, media awards from the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association and the American Heart Association, 2014.

Benita has also covered numerous national political conventions, the inauguration of President Barack Obama, the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and the Unabomber trial.

Benita is on the boards of Kelly's Cause; Building on Love, which supports Ronald McDonald House; and Park Playhouse.

Benita is an avid runner and triathlete. She's also active in local theater. She is a member of Actors Equity Association. Her theater credits include performances at Capital Rep, Fort Salem Theater, Park Playhouse, Albany Civic Theater, Schenectady Civic Theater and Schenectady Light Opera.

Benita earned her Doctorate in Professional Studies/Bioethics in 2014 from Albany Medical College/Alden March Bioethics Institute where she also earned a Masters in Bioethics.

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